Rach’s Hope is having its second annual Walk The Extra Mile fundraiser at Compo Beach in Westport at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, featuring live music, a pizza truck and drinks.

The event helps support local families facing critical illness.

Community members are invited to “Walk the Extra Mile” in memory of Rachel Doran, a 2015 Staples High School graduate, who died at the age of 21. Doran’s grandfather, Michael Isenberg, has since pledged to walk 1,000 miles annually for Rach’s Hope to help other families weather the storm of critical illness.

Visit https://www.rachshope.org to purchase tickets, donate, or learn more about the organization.

Westoberfest returns to downtown

A wide collection of local and regional breweries will serve up seasonal craft beer tastings at the Westport Downtown Association’s Westoberfest from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at 2 on Elm Street.

There will also be live music, food from local restaurants, and a children and family area. The family activities are free.

Tasting tickets can be purchased at westportdowntown.com or at the event. They cost $45 for single tickets in advance or $55 day of, $400 for a social pack for 10 people and $10 for the designated driver. Tickets include unlimited tastings, a tasting glass and beer koozie.

Westoberfest is a rain or shine event, if the forecast calls for it the event will be tented.

Upcoming public input opportunities for Longshore capital plan announced

Westport First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced the next phase of public input opportunities for the Longshore capital improvement plan start next week.

The town’s consultant, Stantec, will be presenting preliminary concept diagrams during the Oct. 19 Westport Parks and Recreation Commission public meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. which will be held via Zoom. A link will be included in the agenda posted on www.westportct.gov. 

People will also be able to attend open houses at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, to speak directly with the consultants and view the diagrams in person. Open houses will be 10 to 11:30 a.m., 3 to 4:30 p.m., and 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The presentation and an online survey are available on the project website accessible through the Parks and Recreation Department home page.

Domestic violence task force collecting cell phones, ipads

The Westport Department of Human Services and the Domestic Violence Task Force is collecting used cell phones and iPads to benefit the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their children in Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Weston and Wilton.
 
Residents are encouraged to donate used cell phones, or iPads that are no older than four years old, and that have been re-set to factory settings. Cell phones are given to center clients to ensure their safety and avoid possible tracking by their abuser.
 
Donation bins are available at the Westport Town Hall, at 110 Myrtle Ave., and the Westport Center for Senior Activities, at 21 Imperial Ave. Both sites will accept donations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays throughout October.

Call Margaret Pinheiro at 203-341-1050, or email humansrv@westportct.gov with any questions about the program.

Visit www.dvccct.org for more information about the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

League of Women Voters hosting debate

The League of Women Voters is hosting a virtual debate between the candidates for the state’s 135th House District.

Easton resident and incumbent candidate Anne Hughes, and Weston resident and candidate Alex Burns will debate from 10:30 to noon on Zoom on Oct. 15. They will answer questions about how they will act on policy decisions that are expected to impact the tows of Weston, Redding, and Easton.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register.

Westport Book Shop welcomes October artist

The Westport Book Shop has welcomed artist Susan Lloyd as the October guest exhibitor at its Drew Friedman Art Place, 23 Jesup Road.
Lloyd is exhibiting an assortment of her shell art works, including mirrors and mosaics.

All of the artwork that is on display is available for purchase, unless specified otherwise.

Visit http://www.slloydshellart.com to see more of her work.

The art exhibit is open to the public during the book shop’s regular business hours.

Visit https://www.westportbooksales.org, or send an email to info@westportbooksales.org for more information, and to become involved with the non profit organization.

Weston History and Culture Center seeks carved pumpkins

The Weston History and Culture Center is looking for families to donate carved pumpkins for its third annual Jack O’ Lantern Stroll, which is happening from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the center, 104 Weston Road in Weston.

Pumpkins can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 23.  Pumpkins should be carved no earlier than 72 hours before the event.

There will be monetary prizes for the top three jack o’ lanterns voted on by the people attending the event.

Register to carve and donate a pumpkin by Oct. 22 at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeaa2ea6f8c07-register1, or at https://www.westoncthistory.org. There is no fee to register. Pumpkin carvers/donors will receive a free ticket to the event as a thank you.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit the center. They can be purchased at https://www.westoncthistory.org or at the door.

If there is inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Nov. 6.

Email info@westonhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-226-1904, or visit https://www.westoncthistory.org for more information.

Westport Astronomical Society hosting talk on Saturn’s moon

The Westport Astronomical Society is welcoming Jade Radebaugh for its lecture series at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The event is titled: “Dragonfly: A Rotorcraft Lander for Saturn’s Moon Titan.”

Radebaugh is a planetary scientist and professor of geology at the Brigham Young University whose research focuses on the planets’ moons.

Radebaugh is also a science team member of the Dragonfly spacecraft mission to Titan, the IVO mission proposal and the Mars Median project, as well asserving as an associate team member of the Cassini-Huygens RADAR instrument from 2008 through 2017.

Radebaugh, and her colleagues on the Cassini mission announced the discovery of a liquid methane river on the Titan that was more than 200 miles long and resembled the Nile River in Egypt.

The society’s classroom will be closed for the event. The talk will be held as a webinar on Zoom and on the society’s YouTube channel.

The event is part of the society’s monthly meeting. Each meeting’s featured speaker is generally introduced around 8:25 p.m.

Students to help elderly residents with cleanup

Senior citizens are able to get a list of middle and high school students who are willing to help with outdoor chores as part of the Westport Department of Human Services’s We Do Walkways program.  

There is a suggested fee of $12 per hour for work done.

Senior citizens needing assistance and students interested in helping may contact the Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or humansrv@westportct.gov. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary for participating students.

Staples students named national merit semifinalists

Twelve Staples High School students have qualified as semifinalists for the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship.

The students are: Aalok Bhattacharya, James Cao, Sharmila A Green, Emma Losonczy, Colin A Morgeson, Gavin Thomas Rothenberg, Katharine A Shackelford, Matthew Shackelford, Tegh A Singh, Lucia J Wang, Lilly B Weisz, and Tom X Zhang.

They’re among the 16,000 semifinalists who will now compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships that are worth more than $28 million.

The semifinalists represent fewer than 1 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2021 PSAT qualifying exam.

Staples High School Principal Stafford W. Thomas, Jr. recently praised the students’ achievements.

Dogs allowed at Compo Beach

Dogs are again allowed at Compo Beach through March 31.

They are not allowed at the pavilion, playground and walkways and must be leashed in the park except in the designated off-leash areas.

People must also pick up after their dogs. The complete Westport Parks and Recreation Department 2022 Rules and Regulations can be found at https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/parks-and-recreation. 

Operations director appointed in Westport

Wesport First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker has appointed Tom Kiely to be Westport’s operations director, effective immediately.

Kiely spent 21 years with the Connecticut State Police, serving in various roles and supervisory positions, including 11 years as a detective with major crimes. During that time, he established positive working relationships with a number of local, state, and federal agencies.

Over the course of his career, Kiely has received numerous honors, and leadership accolades, including outstanding service awards issued by the State Police, a United States’ Attorney’s Office District of Connecticut Department of Justice Award and multiple unit citation awards in recognition of his outstanding service, and performance for exceptional investigative efforts.

Kiely earned a degree in public management at Plymouth State University.

Westport golfers help raise $50,000 to support families of premature babies

Five Westport residents were among the 80 golfers who helped raise a record $50,000 during the Tiny Miracles Foundation’s golf outing held Oct. 3, at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston.

Tiny Miracles supports parents of pre-mature babies through on-site partnerships with six leading hospitals in Fairfield and New Haven counties. 

Visit www.ttmf.org for more information, and about the organization.

Absentee ballots available for Nov. 8 election  

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election are available in Westport Town Clerk Jeffrey Dunkerton’s office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

An Application for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office, located in Room 105 of the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. They are also available online at www.westportct.gov.

 



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